Signs Of The Second Coming: 11 Reasons Jesus Will Return in Our Lifetime: Gillette, Britt: 9781500792787: Amazon.com: Books
I intended to demonstrate to as many people as possible, via the composition ofSigns of the Second Coming, how distinct we are from other Christian generations. No other time in history have there been as many evidence of Christ’s coming as there are now, and nearly none of these signals were there 100 years ago. However, because the majority of people are not aware of the signals, I felt bound to call them out. In doing so, I hoped to produce a book that was simple to comprehend, enjoyable to read, and written in a conversational tone.
The book Signs of the Second Coming is sure to be a hit with anybody who enjoys biblical prophecy commentary, Christian eschatology, Christian prophecy, or Christian nonfiction literature in general.
Consider the ideas presented and develop your own conclusions.
a conversation with the author Q – Who is the appropriate reader forSigns of the Second Coming?
- A – Anyone who is interested in what the future holds is the appropriate target audience for this publication.
- Of course, if you’re already a Christian, the signs of Christ’s second coming will most likely fill you with joy, optimism, and a deeper feeling of peace as the date of Christ’s return approaches.
- Q – Why is the subtitle “11 Reasons Jesus Will Return Soon” rather than “11 Reasons Jesus Might Return Soon” included in the title?
- It is my firm belief that Jesus will return during the projected lifetime of the vast majority of those who read this book.
- The reason is that the indications of His coming are all around us, and Jesus stated, “When you see all of these things taking place, lift your eyes to the sky, for your salvation is drawing close” (Luke 21:28).
- He stated that His advent was soon, and I believe Him when He says that.
- Q – Why should readers giveSigns of the Second Cominga a chance to succeed?
- If you are doubtful about the possibility that Jesus will return one day, this is the book for you.
- Despite this, everything stays unchanged.” Is this, however, correct?
- I believe it is obvious that this is not the case.
- The fact is that Christian believers today may point to several indications, and Jesus Himself stated that “when you see all these things taking place, look up, for your salvation is drawing close” (Luke 21:28).
We may be certain that His return is imminent since we are seeing these signals now. It is when you believe this that your worldview and the way you live your everyday life will be dramatically altered. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
From the Back Cover
Did you know that there are more predictions regarding the Second Coming of Jesus in the Bible than there are about the First? To be more precise, the Bible predicts that particular signs would arise before to His return, and Jesus Himself has instructed that we keep an eye out for those signs. If you read Signals of the Second Coming, you’ll discover about the signs to look out for that Moses, Jesus, and the Old Testament prophets warned about. Signs such as: * The Jewish people regaining control of the land of Israel * The Jewish people regaining control of the city of Jerusalem * And the spread of the Gospel across the globe More significantly, you’ll discover that practically all of the signs of the prophets that you’ve been looking for are currently in evidence.
Take a look at the indicators for yourself and determine whether or not our generation is destined to see one of the most historic occurrences in human history – the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Unsettling signs of Jesus’ return
Following up on what I shared with you last Friday, Jesus provided His people with indicators that would allow them to know when the time of his return was approaching. Take a look with me at Matthew 24 of God’s Word as we study the indications that He has given us. 4th and 5th verses “.be careful that no one deceives you. ” For many will come in My name, claiming to be Christ, and many will be deceived by their claims.” The following are citations from Wikipedia: List of Messiah Claimants and List of People Claimed to Be Jesus.
- 6th and 7th verses “Moreover, you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; take care that you are not alarmed: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Because “country will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” as the saying goes.
- This is the first and most crucial subject I want you to focus on completely and completely.
- Psalms 61:1-5 and 62:6-8 are other good verses to hold on to.
- “He alone is my rock and my salvation,” I declare.
- According to the facts and numbers – taken from the Wikipedia list of continuing armed conflicts – if you only consider conflicts that have resulted in at least 100 deaths in the last two years, there are now 32 wars involving 64 nations.
- And, according to verse 7, “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes will be experienced in many (other) locations.” adapted from Wikipedia – famines From 1980 until the present, around 3,000,000 people have died as a result of starvation.
- Pestilence is defined as “any virulent (deadly) sickness” according to Webster’s dictionary.
Is anyone still remembering the Ebola outbreak in 2012?
As reported by the World Health Organization, the total number of fatalities due to malaria, cholera, measles, hepatitis B, influenza, and rotavirus in a single year totals 1,504,200.
I used the important earthquakes list on usgs.gov to do my study, focusing on earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.0 and above.
earthquakes have occurred five times more frequently in the first ten years of the twenty-first century than in the first ten years of the twentieth century!
According to Open Doors USA, the most recent available numbers reveal that there were 2,983 recorded Christian martyr killings in the year 2019.
According to the FBI’s crime in the United States report, there were 1,203,808 instances of violent crime in the country in 2019.
Take into consideration the cold-blooded death of innocent infants as well.
God has not ceased counting, despite the fact that America has.
Please, don’t give up hope, my friends.
“Thou will maintain him in perfect peace, whose mind is remained on thee: because he trusts in thee,” reads Isaiah 26:3, in reference to a person whose attention is fixed on God.
Next week, I’ll share with you some encouraging news about “the excellent indicators.” God’s blessings and protection upon you as you pursue him. At Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia, George Randall Jr. serves as the minister to the young people.
Jesus’ return – the Second Coming
According to Christian belief, Jesus Christ will return at some point in the future, and when this occurs, everyone will be informed of it. His reappearance is referred to as the Second Coming. It will be a remarkable and unparalleled event in history, in stark contrast to his first appearance in Bethlehem as a defenseless infant. There are hints in the Bible about what it could be like, but there is no indication as to when it will occur. In the days leading up to his crucifixion in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, Jesus talked of his return to the earth.
- ‘ This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will return in the exact same way that you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.’ The final hours of Jesus’ earthly life also provide a hint concerning the Second Coming.
- During that time period, he was seen by more than 500 individuals.
- The ascension of Jesus is the name given to this occurrence.
- According to the book of Acts, they assured the disciples that ‘this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven would come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven’ would return in the same manner.
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- Jesus had warned his disciples that no one, other than God, could predict the exact moment of his return, but he also instructed them to make certain that they were always prepared in case it did.
- Christian scholars have examined passages of the Bible that talk about the future during the centuries that have followed to attempt to determine the conditions under which Jesus would return.
It is a description of a complicated, lyrical vision that John has received.
It talks not only of the present, but also of the future – including a time when the existing heavens and earth will be destroyed and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth – as well as of the present and past.
Because the old order of things has gone away, there will be no more death, sorrow, weeping, or suffering.
Others believe that all believers, even those who have died, will be immediately evacuated from the world and will join God in heaven, where they will be joined by all other Christians.
According to some interpretations, the allusion to a period of 1,000 years refers to a period of just and peaceful world leadership by the Christian church, which will be followed by a horrific apocalypse involving evil.
There is a third school of thought that holds that the symbolic events described in Revelation do not foreshadow concrete occurrences.
There are several variants on these views, but the Bible instructs Christians not to get obsessed with these events and their timing, but rather to take comfort in the confidence that Jesus will return to make all things new.
‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,’ says the Bible, which is virtually its final words. Because the old order of things has gone away, there will be no more death, sorrow, weeping, or suffering.
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The second coming is on the horizon. It is true that Jesus told His disciples that He will return one more time. “Do not let your heart be worried,” the Bible states in John 14:1-3. There are many mansions in My Father’s home; if this were not the case, I would have informed you. I’m going to go set up a space for you. Moreover, if I depart to make a place for you, I will return to take you into Myself, so that where I am, you may be as well.”
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- When is Jesus going to return? What is causing Jesus to take such a long time to return? Is it possible that Jesus will return in secret? What should we do with our time while we wait
- What will be the method through which Jesus returns
- Will the angels accompany Jesus on his return? What is the reason for Jesus’ return?
When is Jesus coming back?
Jesus will return in a short period of time. No one, however, is certain of the precise hour when Jesus will appear again. The Bible says in Mark 13:32, “But no one knows when day or hour it will be; not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father knows.” It’s interesting to note that the disciples asked Jesus the same question right before He ascended to the Father’s presence. At that point, Jesus informed them that it was not their responsibility to know the times or seasons that were under the jurisdiction of the Father.
As a result, what does this mean for you and me is unclear.
Keep an eye on Jesus and keep your attention on him because the devil is attempting to divert mankind’s attention away from the indications and the nearness of Jesus’ return.
Why is Jesus taking so long to come back?
When Jesus returns, He will do it with patience, because He wants to give humanity the greatest amount of time possible to select and follow Him. Jesus desires that as many people as possible repent and follow Him to the heavenly kingdom. According to 2 Peter 3:8-9, “However, dear, do not forget this one thing: that with the Lord, one day is equal to a thousand years, and a thousand years are equal to one day.” When it comes to His promise, the Lord is not slack as some believe, but is patient with us, not wanting any to perish but wanting everyone to come to repentance.” Additional materials can be found at: Topics related to the Bible Questions about the Bible Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus What is the meaning of the rapture?
What are the seven deadly sins, and how can you avoid them?
Warnings about the second coming of Jesus?
There are a slew of confused non-biblical views concerning the second coming of Christ that are causing confusion among many believers. Will He merely present spiritually to a small number of people? Will Jesus’ second coming take place exclusively in specific geographical locations? Is it possible that Jesus will emerge in the desert? Deceptions will be perpetrated in the final days, according to Jesus. In fact, in Matthew 24:4-5, Jesus warns Christians not to be mislead by those who come in the name of Jesus and claim to be the Christ of the New Testament.
Will Jesus come back secretly?
Many people wonder how many people will see Jesus’ return when He comes. Christ’s second coming will be a dazzling display of color, sound, and splendor. This event will not be hidden; every person on the Earth will be able to see Jesus. He will return, both personally and metaphorically. “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,” the Bible states in Revelation 1:7. There will not be a single person on the face of the globe who is oblivious of Jesus’ imminent coming. The way in which Jesus will appear is described by Him Himself.
The return of Jesus is described in verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter as being accompanied by tremendous power and splendor, as well as the sound of a huge trumpet, which wakes the righteous dead, who are then collected from all corners of the globe.
Learn more about Jesus’ return as a thief in the night in this video.
How should we live while we wait?
Christians should remain on high alert, keeping watch and praying until the coming of the Lord. “But take watch to yourselves, lest your hearts be burdened down with carousing, drunkenness, and the concerns of this life, and that Day come upon you suddenly,” the Bible states in Luke 21:34-36. Because it will act as a trap for everyone who lives anywhere on the face of the entire planet. As a result, keep your eyes peeled and your prayers constant in order to be deemed worthy of escaping all of the events that will transpire and of standing before Jesus Christ.”
How will Jesus come back?
We know that Jesus’ second coming will be a literal event, and that it will be exactly like the first time He went to heaven. When He had finished speaking, while they were looking on, He was taken up into the clouds out of their sight, as recorded in Acts 1:9-11: “Now when He had finished speaking these things, while they were looking on, He was taken up into a cloud out of their sight, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” And as He was ascending, two men in white robes approached them and asked, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into heaven?’ It will be exactly the same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven who will return in the same manner in which you witnessed Him ascend into heaven.”
Will the angels come back with Jesus?
Those who have died in Christ, according to the Bible, will be gathered from all across the world when the angels return with Jesus and the sound of the trumpet heralds their arrival. – (Matthew 16:27, 24:31, and 25:31)
What happens to the righteous at the second coming?
Righteous dead will be brought to life and transported to heaven with the righteous who are still living on the earth at the time of Jesus’ second coming, according to the Bible. ‘For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty cry, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,’ says 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. And the first to rise will be those who have died in Christ. Afterwards, we who are alive and still living will be taken up with them in the clouds, where we will be with the Lord in the air.
Are the wicked destroyed by Christ’s coming?
It is predicted that when Jesus returns to earth, the wicked who are still living would cry out for the rocks and mountains to fall on them because they will be unable to gaze at the face of the Savior (Revelation 6:15-17). As a result of their refusal to acknowledge God or embrace the message of the Lord Jesus Christ, the wicked shall be annihilated with eternal ruin (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
When will we get immortal bodies?
After being turned into eternal bodies at the moment of Jesus’ second coming, or at the sound of the final trump, the mortal bodies of the redeemed will be altered once more. According to 1 Corinthians 15:52-53, “in a flash, in the blink of an eye, at the sound of the final trumpet.” Because the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be resurrected incorruptible, and we will be changed as a result of that.
Because this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality,” says the author.
Why is Jesus coming back?
According to the Bible, Jesus will return to earth to reward the inhabitants of the planet and to take many of them back to heaven with Him (Revelation 22:12). “Then the King will say to them on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,'” according to Matthew 25:34. Jesus, above all else, longs to spend time with you and your family. He invites you to return with Him to paradise, where you will be able to spend an eternity free of tears, anguish, and suffering.
So, what is it that prevents you from placing Him first in your life?
The Second Coming of Christ
It is our belief that Christ will return a second time; Our Lord’s return from the heavenly realm will be personal, visible, and spectacular; it is a joyful hope for which we should keep vigilant and pray continuously. Prior to establishing His reign on earth, Jesus will return to gather His Church, an event known as the “Rapture” in the Christian community. At that point, the dead in Christ will be resurrected to life, and those who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him for all ever.
- Those who have died in Christ will be raised from the dead in a body that will be comparable to Christ’s glorified body, with their redeemed souls and spirits being joined with the body of Christ.
- 3This anticipation serves as a source of inspiration for leading a holy life as well as a source of consolation.
- Five years after the Church has been caught up in the Rapture, Christians will be hauled before the judgment seat of Christ.
- 6This is not a judgment in which their salvation is determined, but rather a recompense for their effort on Christ’s behalf.
- 8Israel, as well as all nations, will be affected by this period of exceptional struggle.
- 9At the conclusion of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ, accompanied by the armies of heaven and the Church, will come to earth to establish the Messianic Kingdom.
- When Christ returns, Satan will be chained for a thousand years in the Lake of Fire, and the Antichrist will be tossed into the Lake of Fire.
13Israel will be returned to her country, and she will never be driven from it again.
15Because the curse that has been placed upon the world will be lifted, his dominion will be defined by material and spiritual benefits.
Seventeenth, God will put an end to this revolt in the last battle of all time, and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire.
19They will be judged by Christ and hurled into the lake of fire, where they will endure ultimate and eternal torment, as well as the suffering of the living.
A new Jerusalem will be built, as will the everlasting presence of God among all those who have repented.
Scripture references: Revelation 6:17; 7:14; Jeremiah 30:79 The book of Zechariah (12:2, 3; 14:1–310) In addition to Revelation 19:7–9, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 19:15, 1611; and 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 20:2, 4–612Revelation 19:20; 20:1–313Revelation 19:20; 20:1–313 3:3; Matthew 2514; Joel 3:3 Amos 9:15; Ezekiel 34:2815; Hosea 6:15 (See also Psalm 2:9 and Isaiah 11:416.) Romans 8:19–2117 (KJV) The book of Revelation 20:7–918 Revelation 20:1019 is a verse from the Bible.
Revelation 20:11–1320 (also known as the Book of Revelation) The Book of Revelation 20:14-15; Mark 9:48212; Peter 3:1322 Revelation 21:2, 3; 2:3–5; 21:2, 3; 2:3–5
Theology Thursday: He Will Come Again to Judge
In the Apostles’ Creed, it says, “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Jesus is on his way back to earth. His “second coming” is also referred to as such. The “first coming” of Jesus occurred when he took on the form of a human person, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. The second coming is the time when Jesus comes to judge all of humanity — both the living and the dead. All those who will be alive when he returns are considered to be among the living.
Every person who has died will be resurrected from the dead and judged, according to Jesus’ words (John 5:26-29).
The Good News
Christian believers will benefit from this decision. Our understanding of Jesus’ final destination comes from Revelation chapters 21 and 22, where he will take Christians to the New Jerusalem, where they will live eternally in the presence of God and where all sin, disease and sorrow will be eradicated. When Christians are living through terrible times, the return of Christ provides them reason to be hopeful. When we are going through hardships, Peter writes that we should be joyful because Jesus Christ will be revealed when he comes back.
The Bad News
The return of Jesus as judge, on the other hand, is bad news for those who are not Christians. If I do not believe in Christ, then I have not had my sins forgiven, and I will be held accountable for my misdeeds in the future. This signifies that I’m in serious danger right now. It is the cost for sin to be separated from God, and because God is everlasting, this separation will last forever. If I have not been forgiven of my sins via the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, then the return of Christ is the worst news imaginable, for my sins will lead me to be driven out of God’s presence for all eternity.
God has Provided the Solution for Everyone
However, God has supplied a remedy for my sin issue, which is found in the first half of the same portion of the Apostles’ Creed, where it states that Jesus Christ “was crucified” before rising from the dead on the third day as a result of his death. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved for our misdeeds and paid it for us. Whoever turns from sin and places their confidence in Jesus Christ as their sin-bearer receives forgiveness of sins and is able to dwell in God’s presence is said to be in God’s presence.
Finally, at the conclusion of the book of Revelation, the last words are a prayer: “Amen.
He is pleading with Jesus to return and “judge the living and the dead,” as he put it.
Check out all of the articles from Theology Thursday and make sure to check back each week for a new installment.
These are the author’s own views and opinions, and they do not necessarily reflect those of Grand Canyon University. The views and ideas stated in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the university. Any sources that were quoted were up to date at the time of publication.
Theology Thursday: The Coming of Jesus Christ
The “End Times,” which is both a popular and contentious issue among Christians, includes questions such as whether Christ will come secretly and rapture the church before the Great Tribulation. Christians, on the other hand, believe that Christ will return in a final and public “coming,” at which point God will condemn mankind. This is quite encouraging news for Christians. However, for those who have not yet received God’s forgiveness through Christ, this is not good news in the slightest. Parousia is the Greek word that means “arrival.” It is used several times in the New Testament to refer to Jesus Christ’s second coming (or return), and it is a popular phrase.
- He then ascended to the heavens after rising from the dead.
- Jesus’ return is welcome news to Christians because he promised that he would take his followers to be with him and God the Father when he came back to earth.
- Christianity gives Christians faith that, even in the midst of their most difficult trials, their future reward will make their current difficulties seem trivial.
- The reason for this is that we have all committed sin.
- Because God is everlasting, the alienation from him is also forever.
- God, on the other hand, has supplied a remedy to my sin issue.
- Those who turn away from sin and place their confidence in Jesus Christ as their sin bearer are forgiven of their sins and are able to live in God’s presence as a result of their conversion.
- People still have the option to repent and be forgiven of their sins until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- May we all be able to stand before God with the assurance that our sins have been forgiven through Christ.
- Check out all of the articles from Theology Thursday and make sure to check back each week for a new installment.
These are the author’s own views and opinions, and they do not necessarily reflect those of Grand Canyon University. The views and ideas stated in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the university. Any sources that were quoted were up to date at the time of publication.
Is Jesus Coming Soon?
The question, “Is Christ returning soon?” was posed to me early in the pandemic’s progression. In the wake of huge, catastrophic catastrophes – whether caused by humans (wars, anarchy, genocide, widespread human depravity, global economic recessions) or by “acts of God” – this is a genuine issue that is frequently raised by the public (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, drought, blood moons, and yes, pandemics). What caught my attention was the word’soon’ that was put on at the end of the inquiry.
- When Jesus appeared in the final book of the Bible, in the final chapter, He said: “Behold, I am coming shortly.
- In these statements, and whenever the subject of His second coming was brought up, the Lord and the Scripture authors highlighted how we should live in light of the truth of His coming, rather than the time of His arrival.
- His arrival will take place without undue delay and at the precise moment determined by the Lord.
- The inquiry, “Is Jesus coming soon?” may indicate that a person is interested in knowing whether or not they should begin to take their connection with the Lord more seriously.
- So, if He is not coming soon, we may probably relax and go about our business as if there is no pressing need to attend to.
In addition to providing us with some indications of what life will be like as we get closer to the end of history, Jesus also directed us away from fruitless speculation about when He would return and toward fruitful living in which we are prepared at all times to meet Him when He does come back again.
- Christ’s return, regardless of when it occurs, offers us with the comfort that Satan will be defeated in the end.
- Satan does not have the last say, and we are united with the Lord of Hosts in our pursuit of triumph.
- The most important thing to remember about Jesus’ second coming is that we must be prepared.
- Instead, they were to serve as His witnesses all across the globe, according to the Bible (Act 1:6-8).
2For people will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, lacking self-control, brutal, not loving good,4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5having the outward appearance of godliness but denying its power Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
However, it is not our role to criticize or condemn the world, but rather to show witness to Christ via our gracious words and compassionate acts.
9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, because then you would have to leave the world—because you would have to leave the world if you continued to associate with them.
- 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 is a biblical passage.
- If this is the case, then the sin must be dealt with in a kind and honest manner, as well.
- However, if the individual is a nonbeliever, we do not distance ourselves from them; rather, we become acquainted with them, love them, share with them, and minister to them!
- We are unable to cope with our own sins, but we are eager to point out the sins of the rest of the world to others.
- Christians are frequently obliged to maintain God’s righteousness by denouncing the sins of the world, and this is understandable.
- He wasn’t implying that adultery was okay; rather, he was demonstrating the power of mercy triumphing over the force of justice.
If we want to be salt in a decaying world and light in a darkening world, we must prepare ourselves by becoming salt and light in a world that is descending into darkness. Let us go and make disciples of all nations.
When Is Christ Coming?; The Twenty Signs Of the Bible Give Us a Clue (Published 1970)
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- Millions of Americans are engulfed in a frantic quest to predict the future that has taken many by surprise.
- I had brunch with Walter Reuther a few of years ago, and it was a great conversation.
- “There is one fault,” I pointed out.
- There is no evidence in the Bible that a world of progressive development toward a materialistic paradise is in store for mankind.
- The term “the end days” or “that day” or “the day” or “the day of the Lord” appears often throughout the Bible, denoting in most cases a “X” time in history during which dramatic events would take place.
- The Bible does not teach that the planet or the human race will come to an end at any point in the future.
- This fire will consume all that is bad and will prepare the earth for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
- Social injustice, war, poverty, sickness, and racism will all be abolished, as will all forms of discrimination.
“Do you believe His return is imminent?” According to Marcel Lin Berthelot, a French scientist who lived in 1860, “Within a hundred years of physical and chemical study, man will understand what the atom is.” “I believe that when science reaches this point, God will descend to the planet with His large ring of keys and announce to humanity, “Gentlemen, it is closing time.'” On one particular morning on the Mount of Olives, while the disciples were alone with Jesus, they both posed the same question: “Tell us, when will these things take place?
- What will be the sign of Thy arrival, as well as the indication of the end of the world?” On at least two times, Jesus cautioned them against establishing dates for important events.
- Over twenty separate signs left by the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles are to be looked for by those who follow the path laid out for us by God.
- To give an example, Jesus described the mental state of the world just preceding His coming.
- To be distressed is to be under strain; to be perplexed means to be perplexed and bewildered.
- It is also possible that the moral situation of the globe is another example.
- In Luke 17:26–27 we read that “they did eat, they drank, they wedded women, and they were given in marriage.” This indicates a collapse in the family unit as well as highly lax morality.
- The prophet said that there would be battles and rumors of warfare, since “country would rise up against nation” (Matthew 24:67).
Ultimately, all of these battles will culminate in what is referred to as “the battle of Armageddon.” In addition, the term “peace” is given a tremendous deal of prominence.
Never before has there been so much discussion about peace.
For the first time in history, the Gospel is being broadcasted over the world through radio, television, and the printed page.
In the Bible, it has been predicted that the last events of history and the Second Coming of Christ will be centered around the country of Israel for more than three thousand years.
In Luke 21:24, Jesus predicted that “Jerusalem shall be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles have been fully accomplished.” Numerous passages in the Bible imply that Israel will reclaim the center stage in international events at some point in the future.
It is incorrect and unbiblical to attempt to predict the date of Christ’s second coming.
Nonetheless, the Bible states that He will return to our planet.
So communism does not have a future in the modern day! Capitalism does not have a future in this century! God is in charge of the future!
Why Christians Stopped Talking About Jesus’ Second Coming
This past Sunday marked the beginning of the season of Advent. However, while the season is widely seen as a period of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas, traditionally, the emphasis has been on the Second Coming of Christ. In Christian theology, the notion of Jesus’ Second Coming has historically been a primary focal point: it has served as a motivating factor for missions, a source of hope for Christians who are suffering, and a framework for Christian worship. Christians, particularly evangelical Christians in the United States, have been affected by discussions of Jesus’ return.
Beginning with Hal Lindsey’sLate Great Planet Earth in the 1970s and continuing through the Left Behind novels of the 1990s, Baby Boomer evangelicalism has been particularly fixated on the End Times.
Quick to Listen this week focused on why that would be the case and how having a firm grasp of the Second Coming might be beneficial as we manage the pandemic and other crises.
Vince Bacote is an assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics.
To talk about why Christians aren’t talking about the Second Coming as much these days, Bacote sat down with global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how these conversations can benefit us during the pandemic, and what it means to talk about the End Times responsibly.
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Meet Five Men Who All Think They’re the Messiah
A version of this article appeared in the August 2017 edition of National Geographicmagazine. It is certain that I will be arriving shortly.’ The last passage of the Bible, which predicts the coming of Jesus Christ, has always held a fascination for me. When do you mean “soon”? And who exactly is “I”? I’ve been following seven individuals who claim to be the Second Coming of Christ for the past three years (five are shown here). Using their insights as a source of inspiration and spending time with their disciples as a source of inspiration, I’ve attempted to create pictures that express the human desire for faith, meaning, and redemption.
- However, I’ve always loved reading the Bible, and my interest in it has risen significantly over the past decade or so.
- As a Christian, I’ve pondered what Christ would think of the world we’ve built if he returned today to accomplish his mission on earth.
- Having these ideas whirling about in my brain, I made the decision to begin searching for messiahs.
- You may expect that there would be a greater number of persons who profess to be Christ.
- Each of these gentlemen is distinct.
- For the vast majority of individuals, belief in a greater power is a purely abstract concept.
- They have the ability to touch their belief.
- One thing that impressed me about some of these messiahs is how steadfast they are in their beliefs.
- In some respects, they’re more cohesive than the Scriptures that we have available to us.
- However, I’ve always believed that the arrival of a messiah is a key aspect of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and that this is a vital part of their beliefs.
- So, if one accepts that, why couldn’t it be one of these gentlemen instead?
I hope it will inspire others to think about their own beliefs and who has the authority to define them in the same way. The Last Testament, a novel by Jonas Bendiksen, will be released by Aperture/GOST in September of this year.
Jesus is Coming Back When?
What type of person are you if you believe Jesus will return within the next forty years? Are you an optimist or a pessimist, in your opinion? In 2010, the Pew Research Center published the results of a study that asked people about the events they predict will unfold over the next forty years. Regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, one fascinating issue was posed: Predictions concerning whether Jesus Christ would return to the planet in the next 40 years are divided along religious lines, as was predicted by many.
- One-third of Catholics (32 percent), and even fewer white mainstream Protestants (27 percent) and the religiously unaffiliated (20 percent) believe in the return of Jesus Christ to earth.
- People in the South (52 percent) are the most inclined to foresee a Second Coming by 2050, according to the results of a regional survey.
- What role does this play in the general worldview of Christians in the United States?
- Which is more accurate: a literal or figurative interpretation of the Book of Revelation?
- With regard to eschatology, evangelicalism is divided into four general areas of agreement and four general perspectives on the future.
- Jesus Christ will physically return to the world at some point in the future.
- There will be a bodily resurrection of every person who has ever lived on the face of the earth.
- Satan will be vanquished and confined for all time in the Lake of Fire.
- There will be a final judgment in which believers will be united with Christ for all eternity, whilst nonbelievers will be removed from God’s presence.
- One of the most contentious problems is the millennium, the thousand-year era during which Christ is expected to reign over the whole planet.
- (Please keep in mind that hundreds (thousands?) of books have been published on each of these points of view.
What follows is intended to be simply the beginning of a comprehensive assessment of the beliefs held by evangelicals for those who are perplexed by the disparities in their positions.)
Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist if you believe Jesus will return within the next forty years? In 2010, the Pew Research Center published the results of a study that asked people about the events they predict will transpire during the next forty years in America. Regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, one fascinating topic was posed. In keeping with expectations, religious groups have divided their opinions on whether Jesus Christ would return to earth in the next 40 years.
- Only roughly a third of Catholics (32 percent), and even fewer white mainstream Protestants (27 percent), as well as the religiously unaffiliated (20 percent), believe in the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.
- South Americans are more likely than any other area to expect a Second Coming by 2050, with 52 percent predicting it by 2050.
- What role does this play in the general worldview of Christians in the United States of America.
- Should the Book of Revelation be taken literally or metaphorically, and how should this be determined?
- Four main areas of agreement and four general opinions on eschatological may be found within evangelicalism.
- All people who have ever lived will be resurrected in their physical bodies, according to verse 2.
- Four, there will be a final judgment, in which believers will be united with Christ for all eternity, while nonbelievers will be separated from God’s presence.
- One of the most contentious issues concerns the millennium, the thousand-year period during which Christ is said to reign over the entire world as its ruler.
- Premillennialism, dispensational premillenialism, historical premillenialism, amillenialism, and postmillennialism are the four most popular views in evangelicalism, according to the Pew Research Center.
- They are complicated, and any attempt to provide a basic explanation for them will be unsatisfactory, especially to those who hold strong opinions on the subject.
What follows is intended to serve as a starting point for a more comprehensive examination of evangelical beliefs for those who are perplexed by the differences.)
- During the first century, Christ offered the Jews the Davidic kingdom as a gift. They rejected it, and the meeting was postponed until a later date. According to the Old Testament prophets, the current church era is a “parenthesis”
- God has different programs for the church and Israel
- And God has separate programs for the church and Israel. With time and progress, the church will lose its sphere of influence in the world and will become corrupt or apostate at the end of the church age
- Christ will return in secret to rapture his believers before the great tribulation
- Jesus Christ will return to the planet once the tribulation period is over to oversee a Jewish political kingdom based in Jerusalem for one thousand years. As a result of Satan’s imprisonment, the temple will be restored and the sacrificial system will be re-established. We’re getting close to the end of the millennium. As a result of Satan’s release, Christ will be assailed in Jerusalem
- Christ will call down wrath from heaven and destroy his adversaries. The (second) resurrection, as well as the judgment of the wicked, will take place, marking the beginning of the everlasting order.**
The Dallas Theological Seminary, Tim LaHaye (author of theLeft Behindseries), and Cyrus I. Scofield are all well-known proponents of this viewpoint, as are others (editor of theScofield Reference Bible).
Historical Premillenialism is the belief that Christ will return “before the millennium” in order to resurrect the saints (the “first resurrection”), establish his rule from Jerusalem over the rebellious nations (the battle of Armageddon), and usher in a thousand-year period of material peace and prosperity; at the end of this period, the nations (still in their natural bodies and still fighting against Christ and the resurrected saints) will rebel and wage war against Christ and the The following characteristics of historical premillennialism can be identified:
- The time period of the New Testament Christ’s kingdom is in its beginning stages, as predicted by the Old Testament prophets
- The New Testament Church may win occasional victories in history, but she will ultimately fail in her mission, lose influence, and become corrupt as worldwide evil increases toward the end of the Church Age
- The church will go through a future, worldwide, unprecedented time of tribulation
- Christ will return at the end of the Tribulation to rapture His Church, resurrect deceased saints, and administer the judgment of the righteous in the “twinkling of an eye.” He will then descend to the earth with His glorified saints, fight the Battle of Armageddon, bind Satan, and establish a worldwide, political kingdom, which will be personally administered by Him for 12,000 years. This era is known as the Great Tribulation, and it will mark the end of contemporary At the conclusion of Christ’s millennial reign, Satan will be set loose, causing a tremendous revolt against the kingdom as well as a ferocious assault on Christ and His saints
- God will intervene with fire judgment to save Christ and His people. The resurrection of the dead and the judgment of the wicked will take place, and the beginning of the eternal order will be signaled. the pages 199-200 of the book
The late theologian George Eldon Ladd, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the early church fathers are all well-known proponents of the doctrine of the Trinity (e.g., Ireneaus, Polycarp, Justin Martyr).
Amillenialism is the concept that the millennial reign will last an undetermined amount of time and that it will be completed by Christ, who is now ruling in the heavens. At the conclusion of this reign, Christ will return to collect the church and to judge the nations of the world. Amillennialism is characterized by the following characteristics:
- The church age corresponds to the kingdom era predicted in the Old Testament, in which the New Testament church assumes the function that had previously been allocated to the nation of Israel. As part of Jesus’ earthly mission, Satan was restrained, preventing him from interfering with the spread of the Gospel across the world. While Christians are living out their faith, they will have some effect on society insofar as Christ is now ruling in their hearts. The rise of evil will speed toward the end, culminating in the great tribulation and the appearance of a human antichrist. Christ will come to bring history to a close, revive and judge all of mankind, and create the everlasting order, among other things. Both heaven and a completely restored new earth are possible destinations for the saved in their everlasting destiny.
Others who believe in amillennialism also believe in preterists, who believe that many prophesies (including those concerning the antichrist) have already been fulfilled (usually arounda.d.70). Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Calvin are just a few of the well-known proponents of this viewpoint.
Following the century, postmillenialism holds that Christ’s second coming will occur, which will be heralded by the spiritual and moral influence of Christian preaching and teaching across the globe. Postmillennialism is characterized by the following characteristics:
- It was during Christ’s earthly mission that the Messianic kingdom was established on the earth, bringing Old Testament prophecy to fruition and transforming the New Testament church into a changed Israel. The kingdom is primarily redemptive and spiritual in nature, rather than political and physical in nature
- Throughout history, the kingdom will have a profound impact on society and culture. As a result of Christ’s regal authority as King, who reigns in heaven rather than on earth, the kingdom of Christ will progressively spread throughout time and on earth. In order to bring about a virtual Christianization of the nations, the Great Commission will be successful.
Postmillennialists can be divided into two categories at present stage. Pietistic postmillennialists reject the notion that the advancement of the kingdom in the postmillennial period entails the complete change of culture via the application of biblical law. This is supported by theonomic postmillennialists (for example, Christian Reconstructionists). For millennia, the world may experience an extended period of great spiritual prosperity, after which history will be brought to a close by the personal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ, accompanied by a literal resurrection and a general judgment, which ushers in the final and eternal form of the kingdom.
This perspective of eschatology, on the other hand, is held by just a small number of evangelicals.
* This summary may be found in Boyd and Eddy’s Across the Spectrum. Unless otherwise noted, all points mentioned as characteristics are taken from R.C. Sproul’s The Last Days According to Jesus.